Try the best and easiest way to make sausage balls. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and will have you enjoying delicious treats in no time. I grew up with these being called Bisquick sausage balls or sausage ball appetizers. No matter what you call them, your family will love how delicious they are and you will love how easy they are to make.
Bisquick Sausage Balls
One of the best things about making these little sausage balls is they can be used for breakfast, a snack, or as an appetizer. I distinctly remember them being made for holiday parties and church potlucks. Now, I make them on the weekend and portion them out for easy protein breakfasts throughout the week.
You only need six ingredients to make this recipe, and most of these are already on hand, and you can easily pick up fresh items for under $10. That makes this a really budget-friendly recipe too.
What are Tennesee Pride Sausage Balls?
These are a classic Southern-style treat that is perfect for any occasion. Made with just four ingredients – sausage, Bisquick, cheese, and butter. These bite-sized bites of flavor are sure to be a hit with everyone. Making them is easy, and you can prep them ahead of time, so you’ll have more time to enjoy the party.
- Ground sausage – Tennesee Pride breakfast sausage is best, but you can use any preferred breakfast sausage, including turkey sausage.
- Bisquick or an all-in-one baking mix
- Cheddar cheese
- Garlic powder
- White or yellow onion
How to Make Tennessee Pride Sausage Balls
Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Now, if desired, chop the onion and celery into fine pieces.
Add the vegetables, sausage, garlic powder, and egg into a bowl. Mix together. Then add in the Bisquick and shredded cheese. Stir this well until combined.
Now, scoop or roll the sausage mixture into 1″ balls. This works well with a small cookie scoop for even sizing.
Place these in rows on the baking sheet and then bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the meat has cooked through.
This recipe makes between 30 and 40 small sausage balls.
You can make these into gluten-free Bisquick sausage balls. The traditional baking mix is made with white flour so you will need to use the gluten-free Bisquick mix or make your own. You can also use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Baking Mix. Nothing else about the recipe needs to be changed.
Ensure that you cook the sausage balls to an internal temperature of 165°F degrees F. To make sure the balls are at the right temperature, use a digital kitchen thermometer and check the middle for the correct temperature. This will guarantee that you don’t undercook or overcook the sausage balls.
Can I Freeze Sausage Balls?
Of course. They can be frozen after you have cooked them in the air fryer or before. If you are freezing them before you have cooked them, make sure you have shaped them into balls and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or bag for storage. When you’re ready to cook them, just pop them into the air fryer or oven straight from the freezer without thawing and continue with cooking time as normal.
If you are freezing them after they have been cooked, let them cool completely before transferring them to a freezer-safe container or bag. When you’re ready to enjoy, just reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. You can also reheat them in the microwave or the oven.
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Delight in flavorful Tennessee Pride sausage balls, a perfect appetizer for any occasion.
- 1lb ground sausage, uncooked
- 1 cup bisquick baking mix
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Optional: Finely chop the onion and celery. In a bowl, combine the chopped vegetables, sausage, garlic powder, and egg. Mix well.
- Add Bisquick and shredded cheese to the bowl. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop or your hands, form the sausage mixture into 1" balls. Place them in rows on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meat is fully cooked.
- This recipe yields approximately 30 to 40 small sausage balls.
- The onion and celery add texture but are not necessary if you prefer.
- Reduce the calories by using turkey sausage and reduced fat cheese.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g